Have you ever been hurt by someone whom you loved and trusted the most, such as a close family member or friend? It’s a horrible feeling that leaves you in horrendous pain, varying for each individual person, as if you’ve been stabbed in the back through the heart. You’ve trusted that one, close person to keep your secrets, to protect you in a way they can, and to not leave you; however the trust shatters when you find out their true motives, and it all hits you as fantastic lies despite all the memories they have given you to remember and cherish. The poem, “Mariana”, written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in 1830, tells the depressing and suicidal state of a woman named “Mariana”, who is grieving over the loss and betrayal of who seems to be a lover. The poem describes detailed surroundings, which emphasizes Mariana’s feelings and gives us an impression of what Mariana may be feeling and give us an idea of and help us interpret the message of the poem.
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The broken sheds looked sad and strange:
Unlifted was the clinking latch,
Weeded and worn the ancient thatch
Upon the lonely moated grange.
This section of the poem shows that the loneliness of not having another person to “complete” Mariana is making her fall and break apart in the inside, which shows on the outside too by making her look sad and strange. What also used to be a free and happy spirit is now unlifted, making her to grow tired of feeling lonely over a dead relationship that used to seem to bloom. The whole poem is a symbolism of Mariana, and this gives us more of an idea of the message of the poem.
The poem suggests that sometimes you have to give up on someone you love for the better. Mariana has spent a long amount of time hoping that her lover will come back to her if he truly loves her, although knowing deep down he betrayed her by leaving her, as shown in the following lines:
She only said, “My life is dreary,
He cometh not,” she said;
She said, “I am aweary, aweary,
I would that I were dead!”
She had repeated the previous lines multiple times for each stanza except for the last, meaning that she still had slight hope for her lover’s return and was in denial. However in the last stanza, she finally realizes and admits to herself that he won’t be coming back, as stated in the following lines:
Then, said she, “I am very dreary,
He will not come,” she said;
She wept, “I am aweary, aweary,
Oh God, that I were dead!”
These lines emphasizes the fact that she feels as if she cannot live without him, and that she would rather be dead. This all adds up to many important messages which all have similar, intended feelings and impressions.
The poem wants to give us a depressed feeling about love and betrayal, based from the dark, detailed surroundings of Mariana that helped us interpret her feelings on the situation, and see the cruel world through her eyes. Her disappointment in her lover and the extreme depression she had developed teaches us that sometimes the things we love most in life will hurt us, and that we should let them go for the better and move on because in order to be happy, you shouldn’t base your happiness all on one person. You should be happy with yourself.